Media had been asked to respect privacy
LONDON — A camera crew from Ardent Productions, the TV company owned by Britain’s Prince Edward, has caused a stir after being caught stalking the prince’s nephew, Prince William.
The crew was found filming on the grounds of St. Andrews University, where Prince William is a freshman, well after an official photo call had ended. The media had been asked to leave the prince – whose father is Prince Charles and whose mother was Princess Diana – alone.
Ardent reportedly claimed to be shooting a program about tourism, but was in actuality gathering material for a series called “The A to Z of Royalty” for the E! Entertainment Network in the U.S.
The rector at St. Andrew’s, where William began art history studies this week, was outraged.
“We thought maybe paparazzi or maybe a British tabloid, but it never crossed our minds that the first people to breach (the prince’s privacy) would be a company owned by the royal family,” he said. “It beggars belief.”
Prince William has hinted he might consider leaving the university if he is pestered by the media. He has asked to be treated no differently than the other students.
Prince Edward, or Edward Windsor as he likes to be known professionally, set up Ardent in 1993. He is said to have been unaware of his film crew’s activities.